Explore the heroine’s journey!
Tapping into the primal, oral tradition of feminine folk and fairy tales, we’ll translate its archaic challenges into those facing modern women and in your own life. With prompts and writing exercises, we’ll discover how to use both the narrative arc of the heroine’s journey and its basic motifs, characters, and archetypes in our journaling and creative writing. This workshop and its source material is a counterpoint to The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell—its concept of the monomyth that discounted a heroine’s quest.
We’ll pursue the feminine quest in three foundational ancient texts from matriarchal cultures: Slavic fairy tale, Baba Yaga & Vasilissa the Brave, Greek myth, Psyche and Eros, Greek and Islamic/Sufi tale, Fatima the Spinner and the Tent. We’ll translate their metaphoric challenges to those facing modern women and in your own life through storytelling, discussion, personal narrative, free writes, and journaling.